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History Of Our Parish

After the Turkish invasion of 1974, many refugees got settled in Kato Polemidia. At the same time, many people moved over from mountainous regions to the city and mainly to the Monovoliko region, which, ever since then, houses the industrial zone where they work. Over the years, the parish of Monovoliko was established, but the Church of Panagia Evangelistria, which, at the time, served the residents of Polemidia, did not serve the residents of Monovoliko due to its distant location and limited capacity.


Thus, following a meeting of the residents of Monovoliko, which took place at the ΙΖ’ Elementary School on Friday December 3rd 1976, it was decided to ask Chrysanthos, the Metropolitan Bishop of Limassol at the time, to build a new church. This is why a delegation committee was set up to deliver the request to His Grace, who, gladly, gave his blessing to build a church in the name of Archangel Michael. The site where the old and new temples were built was donated by Mr. Nikos Rossos. Initially, the small temple of Archangel Michael was built and was inaugurated on September 5th 1982 by Chrysanthos, the Metropolitan Bishop of Limassol at the time.


The parish of Archangel Michael kept growing over time and the temple was too small to meet its needs. As a result, the need for the erection of a larger church, which began its construction in 1998 and was completed in 2003, was created. The new church is a three-aisled basilica with a central dome.


The first mass took place on December 22nd 2003 led by His Grace the Metropolitan Bishop of Limassol, Athanasios, On October 14th 2011, the new temple was inaugurated by the Bishop of Amathus, Nicholas.


In chronological order, the priests who ministered are:


Today, the head of the holy temple is Father Panagiotis Elpidophoros along with Father Theodoros Omprika.


Following the blessing of our Metropolitan Bishop, Athanasios the small temple will be renovated from the ground up and will be commemorated in honour of Archangel Michael and Saint Matrona of Russia.